Ron Broadhead – Executive Officer

Ron joined NMLLEN in August 2008 as the Executive Officer.

Ron has had over 30 years experience in education and training which has included teaching and lecturing; senior management roles at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and Box Hill TAFE; and as Campus Director of the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University.  His tertiary qualifications include economics, education and management.

The experience he has gained from the School, Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education sectors have been invaluable in leading NMLLEN.  Living in a rural community for many years, Ron has developed a keen interest in regional development and how rural and regional communities adapt to the many challenges they are confronted with.

Ron’s role as Executive Officer includes stakeholder management and community engagement; strategic planning and implementation; board management; financial management; operational management; governance, reporting and accountability; project and contract management.

Ian Westhead – Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator

Ian is the Structured Workplace Learning Program Coordinator at NMLLEN.  Ian began at NMLLEN in November 2014 and has an extensive background in hospitality as well as vocational education and training.

In his role, he promotes School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs), Structured Workplace Learning opportunities and Work Experience placements for students. He partners with stakeholder groups to develop programs that will increase awareness in schools and industry for workplace learning.


Paula Robinson - Communications and Project Officer 

Paula has a background in education, project management and communications having worked in schools across the Mallee, at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and Mallee Catchment Management Authority. 

Paula works with the Flexible learning Options in schools, FLO Connect and Student Mapping Tool - Supporting Transition Projects  as well as keeping the community and stakeholders informed about the latest happenings at the NMLLEN through newsletters, events, campaigns and media releases. 

Hilary Thiele - Project Officer

Hilary joined NMLLEN in June 2013 as a Project Officer.  Hilary comes to us with a diverse experience as an educator in the Mallee region.  This includes six years as Principal of Murrayville Community College and a leading teacher at Mildura Senior College.

Hilary's role is to investigate options to facilitate vocational pathways for students in Robinvale.  She is assisting Robinvale P-12 College to build community links in this field.

Alison Greenway - Project Officer

Alison began at NMLLEN in 2013 with experience in careers counselling and welfare roles.  Alison maintains the Local Learning & Employment (LLEO) Website to ensure the latest information is available for young people making the transition from school to further education, training or employment.